John L. Hanson

Reshonda Tate (Ep. 21, 2024)

On this edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Reshonda Tate, screenwriter, movie producer and award-winning, best-selling author. Tate’s latest book The Queen of Sugar Hill: A Novel of Hattie McDaniel is a fictional portrait of Hattie McDaniel, whose Academy Award winning portrayal of Mammy in Gone With the Wind brought her as much difficulty as opportunity.

The 2024 Fritz Pollard Award (Ep. 20, 2024)

On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents highlights from the The Fritz Pollard Alliance’s 19th annual Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Salute to Excellence Awards, featuring a discussion around the emergence of the Black quarterback in the NFL, with comments by James “Shack” Harris, Doug Williams, and Roger Goodell.

Bryan Simms (Ep. 19, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Bryan Simms, founder and President of Mammoth Life and Reinsurance Company, the only minority-owned distribution and reinsurance carrier delivering data-advantaged policies to underserved African American communities.

Dr. Harry L. Williams (Ep. 18, 2024)

On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Dr. Harry L. Williams, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which champions the Black College community and provides financial and professional support to students attending publicly supported HBCUs, ensuring African American students access to higher education.

Phillip Washington, Jr. (Ep. 17, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses racial wealth equity and the positive effects of financial literacy in narrowing the wealth gap between White and minority Americans with Phillip Washington, Jr. CEO ad Chief Investment Officer of Stone Hill Wealth Management.

Sam Acho (Ep. 16, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with former NFL and Texas Longhorn linebacker, ESPN analyst, and humanitarian Sam Acho prior to the 2024 Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, about his work with the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and Son of a Saint.

The Honorable Craig Watkins (Ep. 15, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Honorable Craig Watkins, former Dallas County, Texas Criminal District Attorney, the first African American District Attorney in the state of Texas, who died on December 12, 2023.

A Tribute to Rance Allen (Ep. 14, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late minister and legendary Gospel singer Bishop Rance Allen, founder of the Rance Allen Group, with an interview recorded in 2016. Rance Allen died October 31, 2020, at the age of 71.

Byron Hurt and Althier Eady, pt. 2 (Ep. 13, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes his conversation with writer and filmmaker Byron Hurt and Althier Eady, granddaughter of Lee and Liza Hurt, discussing the development and production of Lee and Liza’s Family Tree, Hurt’s documentary film about the history of the Hurt family.

Byron Hurt and Althier Eady, pt. 1 (Ep. 12, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. begins a conversation with documentary filmmaker and writer Byron Hurt and Althier Eady, granddaughter of Lee and Liza Hurt, about a new documentary film recently aired on PBS about the efforts of the Hurt family to trace their roots as descendants of enslaved people.

A Tribute to Earl Graves, Sr. (Ep. 11, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Earl Graves, Sr., entrepreneur, publisher, and advocate of African American businesses, who founded Black Enterprise Magazine in 1970. He died in April, 2020, at the age of 85.

A Tribute to Mary Wilson (Ep. 10, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to the late Mary Wilson, a co-founder of the legendary Supremes, featuring an interview with and public comments by Wilson, recorded in 2019 during The Summit on Race in America at the University of Texas at Austin.

Franklin C. Edwards (Ep. 9, 2024)

On this edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Franklin C. Edwards, author, publisher and owner of Franklin The Helper Children’s Books in Plano, Texas, whose mission is to help children overcome social obstacles and build self-confidence.

John Saunders and Irv Cross (Ep. 8, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a look back at the state of African American presence in sports broadcasting, presenting interviews recorded in 1987 with the late John Saunders and Irv Cross, pioneering sports analysts who at the time were the only African Americans on nationally televised sports programs.

Remembering The Late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ep. 7, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a tribute to and remembrance of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with commentary by Dr. King, former U.S. President Barack Obama, the late Robert F. Kennedy, the Honorable Andrew Young, and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Kristen Gentry (Ep. 6. 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Kristen Gentry, an award-winning fiction writer from Louisville, Kentucky and author of Mama Said, a fictional account of three daughters of a drug-addicted mother and their struggle to overcome the traumas and challenges of their family life with love and humor.

A Tribute to Shirley A. Chisholm (Ep. 5, 2024)

On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a 1982 interview with the late Shirley A. Chisholm, a former Congresswoman from New York’s 12 Congressional District who in 1968 became the first African American woman elected to Congress, and, in 1972, the first major-party African American candidate for President of the United States.

Dr. Blair LM Kelley (Ep. 4, 2024)

On this week’s edition of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Dr. Blair LM Kelley, a noted scholar of Black History and the African American experience, Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, and author of Black Folk: The Roots of the Black Working Class.

Dr. Brian H. Williams, MD. (Ep. 3, 2024)

In this episode of In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Dr. Brian H. Williams, MD., a trauma surgeon, Air Force Academy alumnus, former congressional health policy advisor, and author The Bodies Keep Coming: Dispatches From a Black Trauma Surgeon on Racism, Violence, and How We Heal.

Nathaniel Glover, pt. 2 (Ep. 02, 2024)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes his conversation with Nathaniel Glover, the first African American elected Sheriff in Jacksonville, Florida since the end of Reconstruction, a former Jacksonville police officer with a distinguished career, and the author of Striving For Justice: A Black Sheriff In The Deep South.